Rain, Hail, and Sunshine. Dedicated students water, weed, and work in the great outdoors of the Valley Christian Chicken Coop and Hydroponic Garden. Students from the High School Hy-Tec teamed up with the Junior High Valley Aggies to harvest plants to feed the poor and sometimes forgotten. When looking at the hydroponic garden over the summer, only stubs of plants could be found. When students came back from summer break, they quickly began work, cleaning, pruning, and providing an environment for plants to grow. And grow they did!
In November, the garden produced enough salad fixings for families in supportive housing, a local outreach ministry of Mr. Marcus Martinez that WALK students provide dinners once a month. With Christmas break occurring several weeks later, Junior High students did the unthinkable; they made and drank kale smoothies. Soon another harvest occurred in late January where Hy-Tec and Valley Aggies converged to provide 13 pounds of greens to Second Harvest Food Bank.
Again, it was time in March to join with WALK students to provide the salad for another meal. Then the hail came. The plants looked wretched. It looked like a fresh beginning was required. But God provided through the rain and sun, and the plants flourished. There was not enough time to harvest all the bounty. Twenty-three pounds later, Hy-Tec and Valley-Aggies donated to Second Harvest on April 10. Students are learning sustainability and compassion, which was the vision of Mr. Danny Kim who looks forward to the time when Valley can create hydroponic kits to go to churches and schools throughout the world to provide food for the hungry.